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The Cobweb (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 June 1955 (USA)
At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Stewart 'Mac' McIver
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Meg Faversen Rinehart
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Dr. Douglas N. Devanal
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Karen McIver
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Victoria Inch
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Steven W. Holte
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Sue Brett
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Mr. Capp
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Dr. Otto Wolff
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Lois Y. Demuth
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Miss Cobb
Edgar Stehli ...
Mr. Holcomb
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Rosemary McIver
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Abe Irwin
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Regina Mitchell-Smyth
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At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to design and make new drapes for the library. Mrs. Karen McIver, who is neglected by her hardworking husband (and a bit unbalanced herself), wants to make her mark on the clinic, so she orders new drapes. Miss Inch, the business manager, who has been with the clinic longer than anyone, sees this as an intrusion into her territory, and she too orders drapes. All this puts everyone in a dither, as they fight over drapes and clinic politics. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The Story of the Strange Mansion on the Hill

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Release Date:

7 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Verlorenen  »

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Budget:

$1,976,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a disaster at the box office, resulting in a loss for MGM of $1,141,000 ($10.3M in 2016) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Karen (Gloria Grahame) storms into her bedroom and kicks off her shoes, she apparently launches the first one over the walls of the set, as it shoots straight up toward the supposedly low ceiling but never comes down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Karen McIver: Can I give you a ride?
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Referenced in Omnibus: Introduction to Modern Music (1957) See more »

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Fabric neurosis
19 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well what was that?! Cockamamie confection isn't even psychiatry lite just some nonsense that's all about the DRAPES!!!! Truly odd film is loaded with great actors and a ludicrous story.

How it ever got the green light from the studio is mystery number one, that Vincente Minnelli said okay to directing it is the second although that would explain why so many great actors allowed themselves to be involved.

Everybody gives overheated performances except Lauren Bacall who keeps a low-key dignity amongst the melodrama and Susan Strasberg offers a restrained quiet portrait of a shut-in who is making her first tentative steps towards reemerging into the world.

The rest of the players aim for the rafters to varying degrees from Richard Widmark's impassioned but distracted doctor who is merely agitated then there is Lillian Gish who chews a bit of scenery as a bitter spinster as well as many other respected actors who show little restraint.

The real standout though is Gloria Grahame as Richard's hot mess of a wife, she seems to realize how silly the whole thing is and pitches her performance to that tempo, she's jittery, flouncy and fun plus she looks great.

Laughable take on mental health but good for one fun viewing as a camp catastrophe.


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